17 November 2023

Illegal dumping costing residents of Cootamundra-Gundagai

| Jarryd Rowley
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Waste dumped on the side of the road in Cootamundra

Illegal dumping has reportedly costs CGRC ratepayers thousands of dollars. Photo: Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council.

Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) has issued a warning to people who illegally dump waste on the side of the road and to those who place rubbish in the wrong collection bins.

CGRC has reported that the stockpiles of illegally dumped material found across the LGA have cost ratepayers thousands of dollars.

A CGRC spokesperson said: “Our employees are continually picking up rubbish and items that have been illegally dumped in laneways, and roadsides and are dealing with rubbish put in the wrong bins. We are frequently seeing general waste put in the green and yellow recycling bins. This practice contaminates the process of recycling.”

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CGRC garbage trucks have been fitted with cameras and can record where breaches on the type of materials being disposed of are occurring. In many cases, a driver will not pick up a bin if it is contaminated with general waste.

Mattresses, used pallets and unidentified garbage have been causing concerns for council employees, who have the task of cleaning up and are frustrated the message isn’t getting across.

Council also issued a warning earlier this year when loads of items were dumped at the front of charity stores.

Cameras, posters and lights were put in place to warn people against the practice, however dumpers have since been seen disposing of waste in more discreet locations, causing fire and rodent hazards and costing ratepayers thousands in cleanup costs.

CGRC Mayor Charlie Sheahan said he was dismayed that irresponsible and inconsiderate people were taking advantage of Council’s employees and wasting valuable resources.

“The people who dump illegally and put rubbish in recycling bins are denying ratepayers and residents services that could be implemented if we weren’t spending money on cleaning up after them,” Cr Sheahan said.

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“The costs must be recovered, and these costs are reflected in waste charges. The irony in all this is many who dump general rubbish into recycling bins ring Council and complain that their bins haven’t been emptied.

“I’m putting the call out to all residents – dob in a dumper. If you see anyone illegally dumping, please call Council. We need to put a stop to it. It’s not only unsightly and dangerous, it’s costing us all dearly,” Cr Sheahan added.

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